In April 2018 floristry experts from Wellantcollege were invited by the Dutch embassy to celebrate the floriculture industries of Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. The event took place in Colombo and consisted of a floral arrangement competition, exhibition and a training workshop that was led by flower design teachers Diane Smit and Rita van Ramshorst.


The event commenced with a keynote speech by Ambassador Mrs. Joanne Doornewaard:


The Netherlands is known for its expertise and innovation regarding horticulture and there is a lot of potential when it comes to collaborations between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. Events like this embody the motto of the strong partnership between the two countries: 'Sri Lanka - The Netherlands: Old Friends - New Trends'


30 participants took part in a floral arrangement competition, facilitated by the Wellant teachers, who challenged competitors to create arrangements that fused Sri Lankan and Dutch style. Following this competition, a training workshop for 36 young professionals focused on improving professional capacities aligned with international standards. All participants received an official certificate at the end of the programme.


Floriculture is characteristic of the Dutch economy, with the Netherlands leading the world market with a 50% share in global floricultural products. The country’s knowledge and capacity in the industry makes it a viable partner to help Sri Lanka foster its own floricultural industry as a player in the global market.


About the workshop leaders

Diane Smit and Rita van Ramshorst are outstanding flower designers and well-experienced teachers Floristry at Dutch vocational education and training institution Wellantcollege. Previously they worked as flower teachers and gave workshops in India and Japan.


About Wellant

Wellantcollege is the largest agricultural (pre-)Vocational Education and Training (VET) institution in Europe with over 13000 students and circa 1400 teaching staff. Additionally Wellantcollege provides professional courses and training as part of Lifelong Learning from the various centres of excellence that are linked to the vocational schools. Interested in a floral training or short term course? Contact us at